Senator Alan Peter Cayetano proposes creation of Emergency Response Department
Right now, we can’t really tell if it’s a good idea or a not-so-wise one.
ABS-CBN News correspondent Ron Cagalac reports: "On Friday, November 22, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano proposed the creation of an Emergency Response Department" (ERD) through Senate Bill 1940."
According to Cayetano, the country’s experience in just the last three natural and man-made disasters- namely the Zamboanga siege, the Bohol earthquake, and Typhoon Yolanda-highlights "a need for a government department that will solely be in charge of disaster preparation, relief operation, humanitarian assistance, and community rehabilitation."
According to the bill, the ERD is envisioned to have the following functions:
1. Assume all of National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD)’s functions related to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
2. Supervise and control regional and local emergency response offices.
3. Supervise the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
4. With consent of President, may call out the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to suppress lawlessness.
5. May call upon other agencies, NGOs, civic organizations for use of facilities and resources.
6. Have the power to call the civilian reserved forces to assist in relief and rescue.
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